The R.A.V.F is a non-partisan, non-government organization dedicated to promoting and improving socio-economic welfare of vulnerable women, youth and children in Africa. The organization was founded in 2018 to serve about one million orphans and vulnerable children, youth and women (OVCs) in Africa. The environment for these children, youth and women was especially insecure as in some parts of the continent were shaken with the effects of civil war, HIV/AIDS, and other health related factors. A threatening environment was compounded by the breakdown of community and family support systems that once provided a safety net for the needy children who in many cases became heads of families.
In 2010 it was estimated that Uganda was now home to over two million OVCs. While most of the world has seen a decrease in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the nations of sub-Saharan Africa have seen this number continue to rise.
An early powerful lesson came when we understood the magnitude of the challenge before us. Quite simply, it became obvious that we could not, provide comprehensive and sustainable care and support to children and youth without working with women who are traditionally the primary caretakers of children.
Our success has been immeasurable in light of the challenges we have faced and continue to face. Despite a need for ongoing financial support, R.A.V.F has continued to promote the rights and welfare of vulnerable women, youth and children through several projects including a women`s land rights initiative, Initiatives against Gender Based Violence, child rights advocacy initiatives, revolving credit fund and village savings and loan schemes, Sexual and reproductive health rights initiatives including an HIV and AIDS Home Based Care project, Child development project through education/child sponsorship, food security and community disaster risk reduction and resilience projects.
After years of dictatorial rule in most African countries for example Uganda has had a stable democratic Government with the 1995 Constitution recognising equal rights for all. Nevertheless, years of civil war and disease leading up to this time left enormous needs among Ugandans. Such needs are greater than what our Governments are capable of meeting. Many people lack basic necessities, including clean, safe water, food, medicine and education. Today, 25% of Uganda`s 34.5 million inhabitants live below the poverty line. In Africa, literacy among males is 72% and among females 68%. Literacy rates are significantly lower among those living in rural areas outside the capital cities. Many of these rural areas outside the cities continue to engage in societal forms that deter women from their legal rights. These communities do not have the physical and social infrastructure to enforce equality for men and women, boys and girls. We rely on the fact that the political environment in Africa is stable and that it welcomes the services R.A.V.F offers. Unfortunately, our Government do not have the capacity to provide the support we need. So we turn to partners beyond Africa`s borders to obtain the funding and resources required to run our programs.